Your Support is Needed – Peirce PTO Annual Fundraising Appeal

Dear Peirce Families,

We’re writing to ask for your support of the 2023-24 Annual Appeal for donations to the Peirce Parent/Caregiver & Teacher Organization (PTO).  

Every caregiver of a Peirce student is automatically a member of the PTO and benefits from its work to support the Peirce community!  This year (the 2023-24 school year), the Peirce PTO is forecasted to spend a total of $55,773 (about $234 per student) on:

  • Creative Arts & Sciences programs (3 enrichment programs for all students in each grade plus a school-wide performing arts program)
  • Technology purchases for the building and classrooms (e.g., projectors, document cameras, charging carts)
  • Direct Support to our Teachers & Principal (e.g., stipends to offset the cost of supplies)
  • Educational Enrichment Initiatives (e.g., library books, anti-bias workshops, Community Impact initiatives)
  • Community Events & Programs (e.g., Back to School Picnic, Movie Night, 4th & 5th Grade Dance, Multicultural Night, Family Dance)
  • Other School Support (e.g., teacher & staff appreciation initiatives and events, grounds clean-up efforts, building improvements, etc.)
  • The PTO’s Operating Budget (While powered exclusively by volunteers, the PTO is an independent nonprofit organization and requires a small operating budget for accounting software, the website, insurance, and the like.)  
  • Peirce Cares Fund (Seed funding to launch the Peirce Cares Fund, a pool of resources designed to support currently enrolled students and families in need.)

The Peirce Mystery Dinner ticket sales, directory advertising, and other smaller sources of revenue such as merchandise sales, are expected to generate a total of $23,083. This leaves a gap of $32,690 (about $137 per student) to raise via Annual Fund fundraising by Friday, April 26, 2024 to support this school year’s budget and ensure the long-term sustainability and financial health of the PTO. 

For more details regarding the 2023-24 forecast, click here. We have also compiled an FAQ  document related to how the PTO raises and spends money that you can find here.  If you have further questions, please contact [email protected].

If your family can, please consider giving to the Annual Appeal. Every contribution is appreciated and every child at Peirce benefits from the money raised. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.

Ways To Donate:

  • Check:  Peirce School PTO (mail to 170 Temple St., West Newton, MA 02465)
  • Venmo:  @Peirce-Treasurer
  • Zelle:  [email protected]
  • DAF:  Peirce PTO Tax ID: 04-3534763      

Thanks so much for your consideration! We are grateful for the generosity and support of the Peirce community.  

Kathryn Thorndike, PTO Fundraising Chair
Jordana Bluestein & Jaime Mason, PTO Co-Presidents